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  • HARRY REID'S SON REPRESENTING CHINESE SOLAR PANEL PLANT IN $5 BILLION NEVADA DEAL

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Shocking Allegations Show Harry Reid, Chinese Company Behind Nevada Ranch Standoff

    04/13/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT · by yoe · 98 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists.VideoAs a family in Clark County, Nev. continues to face an onslaught of heavily armed federal agents determined to kick them off of their ranch, reports have surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might be behind the entire ordeal. The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists. Despite attempting to silence protesters...
  • American Taxpayers, Workers and Vendors Screwed by Spanish Conglomerate Abengoa that...

    04/02/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT · by calfit32 · 1 replies
    The Green Corruption Files ^ | March 30, 2014 | Christine Lakatos
    In the summer of 2012, when Marita Noon and I began our collaboration in exposing the entire green corruption scheme, we covered a favored White House Spanish conglomerate in our piece "How Democrats Say 'Crony Corruption' in Spanish: Abengoa." Early this year, we received bombshell testimony, coupled with substantiated documentation, that Abengoa, at least at one of their three projects funded with billions of U.S. taxpayer money from President Obama’s 2009-Recovery Act, has broken stimulus laws and DOE loan stipulations. Worse, what we uncovered is that this foreign-owned firm has engaged in chilling, unethical and potentially criminal activity, including, but...
  • Reid Statement on Nevada’s February Employment Report

    03/28/2014 3:37:19 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | March 28, 2014 | | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today on Nevada’s February employment report which indicated Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5%:“Today’s Nevada employment report shows that we continue to see signs of economic growth in the Silver State. 8.5% is still a high rate of unemployment, and for this reason we need to ensure that we extend unemployment insurance for those who are struggling to make ends meet by no fault of their own. Their need is real, and next week I hope to have a final vote to extend these emergency benefits for thousands in...
  • Reporter detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask EPA chief a question

    03/28/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 28, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    A reporter has been detained by Capitol Hill police for trying to ask a question of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy. Bloomberg BNA energy reporter Ari Natter tweeted about being detained. #transparency RT @AriNatter: I am being detained by Capital Police for trying to ask @EPAGina a question after her remarks. — nickjuliano (@nickjuliano) March 28, 2014 Natter was detained while covering the American Council On Renewable Energy conference, where McCarthy spoke. Also speaking at the conference was Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a staunch supporter of green energy who regularly takes the Senate floor to sound the...
  • Going Green A Luxury Good For Rich At Expense Of Poor

    03/27/2014 4:54:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Saving The Planet: It used to be said that socialism was the opium of the liberal intelligentsia. But now the drug of choice for the elite is environmentalism. The dirty little secret of the modern green movement is that it's become a luxury good for the uber-rich who espouse policies — from carbon taxes to renewable energy standards to closing down coal plants — that impose high costs on poor people who can least afford to pay the green tab. A Pew Research Center poll released last week offers further confirmation of this truism. It found that only two major...
  • Biofuels do more harm than good, UN warns

    03/24/2014 4:57:32 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 48 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 23, 2014 | Robert Mendick
    The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, The Telegraph can disclose. A leaked draft of a UN report condemns the widespread use of biofuels made from crops as a replacement for petrol and diesel. It says that biofuels, rather than combating the effects of global warming, could make them worse.
  • BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces Generation of Millions of Watts of Power from Water...

    03/14/2014 1:43:51 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 62 replies
    Blacklight Power Website ^ | 3/14/14 | Blacklight staff
    Cranbury, NJ (January 14, 2014) — BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) today announced that it has produced millions of watts of power with its breakthrough Solid Fuel-Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (SF-CIHT) patent pending technology in its laboratories. Using a proprietary water-based solid fuel confined by two electrodes of a SF-CIHT cell, and applying a current of 12,000 amps through the fuel, water ignites into an extraordinary flash of power. The fuel can be continuously fed into the electrodes to continuously output power. BlackLight has produced millions of watts of power in a volume that is one ten thousandths of a liter corresponding to a...
  • Wealthy environmentalists push Democrat Harry Reid to lean-in to green energy

    03/10/2014 6:04:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/10/2014 | Marita Noon
    Democrats have decided to lean-in, not back-away, from so-called clean energy. Despite the embarrassing history of government-funded green-energy failures, “wealthy environmentalists are pushing Democrats to take bolder positions on climate change”—and global warming, as an issue, provides the impetus for more green-energy spending. The Boston Globe reported on a recent “summit between Washington’s liberal elite and San Francisco’s climate intelligensia” that included “Senate majority leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, six other senators, and … Al Gore.” The Globe points to new efforts by Democrats to “make global warming a central issue during the midterms.”
  • Renewable Energy in Decline

    03/02/2014 7:37:17 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies
    Whatsupwiththat.com ^ | 3/1/2014 | Steve Goreham
    The global energy outlook has changed radically in just six years. President Obama was elected in 2008 by voters who believed we were running out of oil and gas, that climate change needed to be halted, and that renewables were the energy source of the near future. But an unexpected transformation of energy markets and politics may instead make 2014 the year of peak renewables.
  • A Huge Solar Plant Opens, Facing Doubts About Its Future

    02/14/2014 8:11:25 AM PST · by lbryce · 56 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 13, 2014 | DIANE CARDWELL and MATTHEW L. WALD
    The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square miles of the Mojave Desert. Almost 350,000 mirrors the size of garage doors tilt toward the sun with an ability to energize 140,000 homes. The plant, which took almost four years and thousands of workers assembling millions of parts to complete, officially opened on Thursday, the first electric generator of its kind. It could also be the last. Since the project began, the price of rival technologies has plummeted, incentives have begun to disappear and the appetite among investors for mammoth solar farms has waned. Although several large, new...
  • Obama orders up new mileage standards for big rigs

    02/18/2014 10:32:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 120 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 18, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    Linking increased fuel economy to the larger issue of economic growth, President Obama on Tuesday directed his administration to write new rules to improve mileage for the nation’s big-rig trucks. Mr. Obama made the announcement during a speech at a suburban Maryland Safeway distribution center and cast it as the latest move in his so-called “year of action,” a time he’ll act without Congress wherever possible. “Improving gas mileage for these trucks is going to drive down our oil imports even further,” Mr. Obama said. “That reduces carbon pollution even more, cuts down on businesses’ fuel costs, which should pay...
  • The Green Killing Grounds: Falcons, eagles, foxes die — and the Obama administration doesn’t care.

    02/15/2014 10:11:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/15/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Ivanpah solar-power facility is controversial because it “costs about four times as much as a conventional natural-gas–fired plant but will produce far less electricity.” Once that electricity goes online, customers can expect to pay twice as much for it, if not more. No one knows for sure, because the utilities and state regulators involved haven’t disclosed that information. Oh yeah, and the plant is apparently scorching a bunch of birds to death. Over the past several months, one of the companies behind the Ivanpah plant, BrightSource Energy, has been finding “dozens” of dead...
  • Kerry: Green Energy Will Solve Climate Change, Create 'Mother of All Markets'

    02/04/2014 8:26:30 AM PST · by rktman · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 2/3/2014 | unknown
    Just as computer technology greatly expanded Americans' wealth in the 1990s, the clean energy market could do the same thing in the years ahead, Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday. He touted climate change as a societal challenge and an economic opportunity: ... "The energy market that we are staring at--that is the solution to the climate change," Kerry continued. "Energy policy is the solution to climate change. That market, my friends, is a $6-trillion market today with 4 to 5 billion users today, and it will grow to some 9 billion...
  • Europe Dumps Global Warming Efforts; Good Idea?

    01/29/2014 9:42:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Regarding the religious debate over global warming, I am pleased to report Green Fade-Out: Europe to Ditch Climate Protection Goals. The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking -- jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process. The climate between Brussels and Berlin is polluted, something European Commission officials attribute, among other things, to the "reckless" way German Chancellor Angela Merkel blocked stricter exhaust emissions during her re-election campaign to placate domestic automotive manufacturers like Daimler and BMW. This...
  • The Solar Swindle

    12/30/2013 9:00:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2013 | Norman Rogers
    Solar electricity is growing, promoted, and most importantly, heavily subsidized. The promoters of solar electricity claim that it is close to being competitive with conventional sources of electricity. That is a fantasy. Solar electricity is expensive and impractical. If it weren't for government subsidies, some explicit and some disguised, the solar industry would collapse. The many claims of competitiveness are always based on ignoring subsidies provided to politically correct renewable power, ignoring the costs associated with unreliability, and ignoring the cost of backup fossil fuel plants. An example of a hidden subsidy is the California Renewable Portfolio Standard that mandates...
  • Montana wind farm owner sues California utility

    12/21/2013 9:42:16 PM PST · by fella · 4 replies
    Billings Gazette ^ | 21 dec 2013
    HELENA - The owner of a Montana wind farm and one of its investors are suing each other. NaturEner USA filed a lawsuit Friday in Montana's Toole County alleging breach of contract by San Diego Gas and Electric Co. It comes in response to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the California utility asking a San Diego judge to rule that NaturEner did not meet its contractual obligations. The utility says NaturEner failed to meet conditions concerning the preservation of protected birds and bats. NaturEner says the utility agreed to invest $285 million in the 189-megawatt Rim Rock wind farm and...
  • ‘Green’ Energy Kills Eagles

    12/09/2013 7:07:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/09/2013 | Robert Bryce
    We have to kill eagles in order to save them. That’s now the official policy of the U.S. Interior Department. On Friday, the agency announced that it would grant some wind-energy companies permits that will allow them to kill or injure bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty. The move is an unprecedented gift to the wind-energy industry, which has been lobbying for the 30-year permit for several years. Shortly after the deal was announced, the wind-energy lobby issued a statement that would make George Orwell proud. An official with the American Wind Energy Association declared...
  • California Adopts Failed Venezuelan Model Of Energy Management

    12/03/2013 4:10:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Investors.com ^ | December 3, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Socialism: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro unveiled his big plan for socialism Monday night, just as a blackout engulfed the country. Sure, it's comical. But it's less so upon realizing that California may see the same thing. The downward slide in Caracas is becoming more of a cautionary tale than just a freak show of Stalinist communist throwbacks run wild. In California, energy officials warn that the state and others like it face a catastrophic collapse of its power grid due to the many green energy schemes that have made managing energy flow difficult. "Energy officials worry a lot these days...
  • Green Energy Company Faces $1 Million Fine

    11/29/2013 6:32:00 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com ^ | november 29, 2013 | Christopher Agee
    Two wind farms in Wyoming, both operated by Duke Energy Corp., are currently under fire regarding the deaths of more than 150 birds between 2009 and 2013. Among the animals killed were at least 14 eagles. It is a crime to kill many of the species without a permit, which no wind energy company has yet pursued. Both the Justice Department and Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating additional bird deaths as part of a continuing investigation. The company pleaded guilty to the charges recently and has agreed to pay a $1 million fine. This marks the first time, despite...
  • Pentagon Wants To Power Navy With Used Cooking Grease

    11/20/2013 4:42:04 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 20, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Environmentalism: Forget Navy blue. The U.S. fleet is turning green. That might make the eco-left happy, but it'll be an unnecessary burden for taxpayers with no advantages for the military. Reports tell us that the Navy continues to "invest" in a green-fuels future, paying startups to develop fuels from algae, switchgrass, wood chips, old cooking oil, even household garbage. This program hit the high seas in the summer of 2012, when the Navy launched its Great Green Fleet demonstration. The official line said "alternative fuels, including nuclear power" were to be "used in an operational setting, fueling helicopters and jets...
  • Solar firm linked to Obama donors could be 'next Solyndra,' top GOP Sen. warns

    11/19/2013 6:01:59 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2013 | Joseph Weber
    A California-based solar company backed by several Obama supporters has been receiving millions in federal tax credits while losing $322 million since 2008, raising concerns about the company “becoming the next Solyndra.” Among SolarCity Corp.’s biggest investors is Elon Musk -- the high-profile donor and fundraiser who co-founded PayPal and whose companies SpaceX and electric-car company Tesla Motors have received at least $846 million in loans and startup money from the Obama administration. Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, warned about SolarCity’s financial standing in a letter Monday to the Treasury Department. “There is...
  • Report: DOE Withheld Data on Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    11/05/2013 4:42:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/5/13 | Lachlan Markay
    The Department of Energy withheld troubling cost and performance data on a major stimulus award from a federal watchdog before the company servicing the award went bankrupt, according to a report released on Tuesday. The report focuses on the department’s handling of a pair of federal awards worth about $126 million for ECOtality, a San Francisco-based green energy company that declared bankruptcy in September. DOE’s inspector general, which authored Tuesday’s report, released an audit in July that expressed concerns about the department’s management of ECOtality’s $100 million stimulus award for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. The report revealed...
  • Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firm Takes Millions, Goes Bankrupt and Leaves Toxic Mess Behind

    11/01/2013 7:34:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/31/2013 | Becket Adams
    A taxpayer-funded “green” energy company that went bankrupt in July 2012 didn’t just leave behind a legal mess for its creditors – it left behind a mess of contaminated water and toxic carcinogens. Taxpayer Backed Green Energy Firm Takes Millions, Goes Bankrupt and Leaves Behind Toxic Mess Image Source: Associated Press. And its up to the owners of Abound Solar’s deserted 37,000 square foot facility to clean up the broken glass and hazardous wastes.
  • No one bids to build solar plants on Colorado public lands

    10/25/2013 1:49:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 24, 2013 | ASHE SCHOW |
    Well, this is awkward. An auction in Colorado for the right to build solar energy plants produced no bids, according to the Denver Post. "We are going to have to regroup and figure out what didn't work," Maryanne Kurtinaitis, renewable energy program manager for the federal Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado office told the Post. But Ken Borngrebe, environmental permitting manager for First Solar, said the problem likely had to do with market uncertainties surrounding solar projects. "It may come down to the lack of confidence in the market for solar today," Borngrebe said. The problems for solar energy stem...
  • Study: Wind Power Costs Taxpayers Billions of Dollars

    10/15/2013 11:32:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    According to a new study conducted by Texas Tech University Professor Dr. Michael Giberson for the Institute for Energy Research, the government and wind lobby aren't telling taxpayers the whole truth about how much wind energy really costs. The study comes as the wind lobby is set to receive another extension on massive subsidies with little results to show for it. "As Big Wind's lobbyists fight tooth and nail to extend the wind Production Tax Credit, it is important that we look at the true costs of wind power to taxpayers and ratepayers," IER President Thomas Pyle said about...
  • Europe threatened by power outages this winter (thanks to “renewables”)

    10/14/2013 5:43:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 14 October 2013 | (EurActiv France)
    Renewable energy is blamed for jeopardizing Europe’s energy security this winter, a new study has found. EurActiv France reports. The French multinational company Cap Gemini warned in their European Observatory of Energy Markets that energy security in Europe was under threat and that the region could soon be exposed to massive power outages during the winter, due to a lack of production capacity. They blame wind turbines. …
  • Wonderfully Wasteful : The EPA wants to end coal-fired power plants.

    09/24/2013 7:44:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/24/2013 | The Editors
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced decision to, in effect, ban the construction of traditional coal-fired power plants in the United States is a non-solution to a hypothetical problem, enacted upon a legal basis that is shaky and an economic basis that is nonexistent. The cost-benefit analysis is almost entirely one-sided: The costs will be very high, and the benefits the EPA hopes to secure will remain out of reach. The EPA is demanding that new U.S. plants that will use coal to generate electricity must meet standards that today are met by no commercial coal-fired plant operating anywhere in...
  • CT extends ban on wind turbines

    09/25/2013 3:40:12 PM PDT · by matt04 · 17 replies
    The Connecticut legislature extended the two-year ban on wind turbines, striking down regulations that would have allowed for the construction of the renewable energy projects. The legislature's Regulation Review Committee on Tuesday voted 10-3 to reject the proposed wind regulations by the Connecticut Siting Council. The members were concerned about who would dismantle the structures if the owners ever went out of business. This is the third rejections of the proposed regulations since the state placed a moratorium on wind turbine development in 2011. It also marks the first rejection since June, when the legislature passed a comprehensive energy strategy...
  • Obama campaign manager Jim Messina joins company awarded millions in federal cash

    09/25/2013 11:00:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2013 | Lachlan Markay — Wash. Free Beacon
    A former top White House official and the head of President Obama’s personal advocacy group is joining the board of a green energy company backed by a major Democratic donor that recently received millions in federal contracts. LanzaTech announced Wednesday that Jim Messina, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, reelection campaign manager, and the head of his retooled campaign apparatus Organizing for Action was appointed to the company’s board of directors. “Jim’s proven ability to merge technology, messaging, and communications in support of ideas that transcend ‘business as usual’ will help us continue our mission of reshaping how our world...
  • Place Your Bets on Global Warming

    09/24/2013 9:25:08 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 20 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 9/24/2013 | Dana Blankenhorn
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- How do you invest if you believe man-made global warming is about to decimate the planet? And how do you invest if you think that's a lot of hooey? Most would say those who deny global warming should first bet on coal, oil and gas, but that's no way to make money. If you think your thesis is right, you bet on stocks that go against the other way of thinking. So if you accept the scientific consensus that glaciers are melting, temperatures are warming and we're heading over the environmental cliff, you look to sectors...
  • Norway abandons Mongstad carbon capture plans

    09/23/2013 1:42:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 September 2013 | Roger Harrabin
    The outgoing government in Norway has buried much-vaunted plans to capture carbon dioxide and store it underground amid mounting costs and delays. The oil and energy ministry said the development of full-scale carbon dioxide capture at Mongstad oil refinery had been discontinued. It said it remained committed to research into carbon capture. When the Labour Party presented the plan in 2007, it was hailed as Norway's equivalent of a "Moon landing". Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his allies lost a general election to conservatives and centrists this month, and are due to step down shortly. Mongstad had already run into...
  • McAuliffe's 'Green' Billionaire Backer Enriched Himself with Coal, Oil

    09/23/2013 1:12:20 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/22/2013 | Kerry Pickett
    Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe said in 2009 he "never want[s] another coal plant built,” but in the meantime, he hasn't been above taking money gained through coal investment for his campaign. Tom Steyer, a California-based financier and one of McAuliffe’s wealthiest out-of-state supporters, told his advisers in August to launch climate change television ads via his group, NextGen Climate Action Committee, in Virginia to help turn out the vote for McAuliffe, Politico reported in August. Steyer (pictured, left) said, “I would say there’s a very clear choice on this topic between these two candidates, and I think the citizens...
  • How Europe's Economy Is Being Devastated By Global Warming Orthodoxy (preview of US)

    09/20/2013 6:47:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sept 19, 2013 | Jim Powell
    Many Europeans complain about their high energy costs, largely due to their increasing dependence on renewables — the most costly energy sources. ... This is killing European economies. Electricity costs in Europe are more than double the cost of electricity in the U.S. High electricity costs make it difficult for businesses to operate if they need a lot of electricity.
  • Not Even Fisker's Fire Sale Can Dampen DOE Enthusiasm for 'Investments'

    09/19/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 19, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    After the Department of Energy announced this week ithad given up on not-bankrupt-but-should-be Fisker Automotive, and will auction off its loan for a pittance, you’d think (and hope) Congress would have had enough of this kind of thing. Senator John Thune certainly has. “The Obama administration has gotten into the business of picking winners and losers at a significant cost to taxpayers,” said the South Dakota Republican yesterday. “I’m calling for the Senate to consider my amendment to eliminate the wasteful ATVM loan program and for my colleagues to join me in protecting taxpayer dollars from any future risky green...
  • Study Gives Fracking Green Bill of Health

    09/18/2013 6:02:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 17, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: shale gas is fracking green. A new study confirms that natural gas helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions by displacing the much dirtier and more carbon intensive coal. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, and it pokes a hole in one of the last gripes greens have about the American shale boom. Prominent greens like Bill McKibben and the misleading documentary filmmaker Josh Fox have criticized fracking for leaking the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere, nullifying the fact that burning natural gas emits...
  • Germany's Aleo Solar is closing its Denver office

    09/13/2013 8:13:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | Sep 13, 2013 | L. Wayne Hicks
    Aleo Solar AG, a German solar-module manufacturer that has its U.S. headquarters in Denver, said it will withdraw from the United States immediately. ... the US operation had failed to meet recent sales targets and was not operating profitably
  • Volt Sales in August Cost Taxpayers Over $25 Million

    09/10/2013 9:46:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 9, 2013 | Mark Modica
    It looks like General Motors is attempting to make up for the money it loses on every Chevy Volt in volume as August sales, spurred by recent price cuts, reached an all-time high of 3,351. The fact that the car has been on the market for about three years and initial much-hyped proclamations from GM would have put sales at 20,000 per month by now goes unrecognized by those that think 3,351 vehicles is a lot of cars to sell in a month. To put the sales in perspective, it took Toyota about 2 ½ days to sell that many...
  • Solar: Obama’s proxy war in the desert

    09/08/2013 8:31:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Marita Noon
    Syria isn’t the only battle into which President Obama is injecting himself where he doesn’t belong. True, on a global scale, Arizona’s fight over net metering seems insignificant. However, on a personal scale, what is taking place in Arizona’s sunny desert has the potential to directly impact far more Americans than the shots being fired in Syria’s desert. Syria’s conflict is often called a proxy war in that it is an indirect confrontation between superpowers via substitute actors. According to the definition of a proxy war found on the Intro to global security blog, “Modern non-state actors do not necessarily...
  • Canadian PM: Keystone quid pro quo, Mr. Obama?

    09/07/2013 3:47:26 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 7, 2013 | ERIKA JOHNSEN
    As I say, though, the Keystone pipeline will save everyone a lot of money and headaches, and the Canadians are understandably way past impatient with the Obama administration’s eternal dithering. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper actually wrote to President Obama last week, wondering if they mightn’t work out a tit-for-tat of some kind: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama formally proposing “joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector,” if that is what’s needed to gain approval of the Keystone XL pipeline through America’s heartland, CBC News has...
  • Energy Department Loan To VPG Cost Taxpayers $42 Million ($420k Per Employee)

    09/07/2013 3:23:24 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/07/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Paul Krugman has an interesting piece in the New York Times entitled “Years of Tragic Waste.” I thought for a brief second that Krugman was going to mention the reckless waste by the Obama Administration on green energy initiatives like GM’s VOLT, Solyndra or Fisker. Or high speed rail fantasies. But no. Krugman is whining that Congress and the Administration didn’t waste even MORE money! Take the recent example of VPG. From AP: The Energy Department conceded Friday that the federal government will lose $42 million on a loan to a shuttered Michigan van manufacturer — part of the same...
  • Energy Department loses $42M on loan to van maker

    09/07/2013 12:57:47 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    ap ^ | 9/6/13 | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Energy Department said Friday it will lose about $42 million on a loan to a now-shuttered Michigan company that made vans for the disabled.
  • U.S. Eats Another Loss On Green Tech Car Loan

    09/06/2013 11:38:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/06/2013 | Joann Muller
    Humvee manufacturer AM General paid $3 million at auction to purchase the U.S. Department of Energy‘s loan to Vehicle Production Group, a defunct maker of wheelchair-accessible vans that struggled to meet performance targets and shut down earlier this year. Together with $5 million seized from the company’s accounts in April, that means the DOE recovered just $8 million of the $50 million it loaned VPG back in March 2011 under a government program designed to promote advanced technology vehicles. VPG’s plan was to sell handicapped vans that run on compressed natural gas. Taxpayers also took a loss on the collapse...
  • Australia liberated from their long nation green nightmare

    09/07/2013 8:50:38 AM PDT · by Signalman · 53 replies
    WUWT ^ | 9/7/2013 | Anthony Watts
    Today is a great day not only in Australian history, but also in world history. It marks the day when people of character and sensibility pushed back against an overwrought and pointless green agenda, and pushed back in a big way. They’ve had enough, and they’ve scraped the Krudd off their shoes and are moving forward. Tony Abbot has won the Australian election in a landslide, and vows to abolish the carbon tax as a first order of business. Abbott has declared Australia is “once more open for business” in claiming victory in Saturday’s election. It is a huge blow...
  • Must-Read Article about Germany’s Green-Energy Disaster

    09/07/2013 6:34:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September7, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    <p>I’ve written before that Obama’s Solyndra-style handouts have been a grotesque waste of tax dollars.</p> <p>I’ve argued that they destroy jobs rather than create jobs.</p> <p>I’ve gone on TV to explain why government intervention in energy creates a cesspool of cronyism.</p> <p>I’ve even shared a column from Obama’s hometown newspaper that criticizes the rank corruption in green-energy programs.</p>
  • Germany's Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/06/2013 6:53:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 09/04/2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Germany's agressive and reckless expansion of wind and solar power has come with a hefty pricetag for consumers, and the costs often fall disproportionately on the poor. Government advisors are calling for a completely new start. If you want to do something big, you have to start small. That's something German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier knows all too well. The politician, a member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has put together a manual of practical tips on how everyone can make small, everyday contributions to the shift away from nuclear power and toward green energy. The so-called Energiewende,...
  • Germany’s Energy Poverty: How Electricity Became a Luxury Good

    09/04/2013 4:13:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 04, 2013 – 07:15 PM | (Spiegel Staff)
    … The government predicts that the renewable energy surcharge added to every consumer’s electricity bill will increase from 5.3 cents today to between 6.2 and 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour—a 20-percent price hike. German consumers already pay the highest electricity prices in Europe. But because the government is failing to get the costs of its new energy policy under control, rising prices are already on the horizon. Electricity is becoming a luxury good in Germany, and one of the country’s most important future-oriented projects is acutely at risk. After the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan two and a half years...
  • Enviro-lawsuit forces five Indiana coal plants to shut down

    09/02/2013 8:03:39 AM PDT · by kevcol · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/30/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    The “war on coal” has five new casualties. A lawsuit brought by environmental groups has forced the shutdown of five Indiana coal-fired power plants by 2018, totalling 668 megawatts of power. ... “While today’s settlement is a step in the right direction, more must be done to ensure that Hoosier families are protected from rising energy bills and the enormous health threats posed by Indiana’s reliance on coal-fired power plants,” said Jodi Perras with the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have been targeting coal plants nationwide for retirement, which they say contribute to global...
  • New Energy Secretary Wants to Waste More Money on EV Loans

    08/29/2013 1:21:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    NLPC ^ | August 29, 2013 | Paul Chesser
    Just when you thought the Loan Program Office in President Obama’s Department of Energy might put its unused electric auto loan money back in the Treasury coffers, the government investor-crats are going to try to find some takers for the dollars of disrepute that have been tainted by the likes of inoperative, nearly bankrupt Fisker Automotive and Vehicle Production Group. You might remember when we last heard about the condition of this program, it had trouble finding takers for the remaining $16.5 billion or so it had been allocated. According to a March report produced by the Government Accountability Office...
  • New Ad Targets Giron’s Support of Tax Hike, Green Energy Mandate ( CO Recalls )

    08/27/2013 6:11:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | August 26, 2013
    With just weeks to go until state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) is set to face voters in an unprecedented recall election triggered by her support for gun control legislation, a new radio ad is targeting the embattled lawmaker for backing an income tax hike and a controversial expansion of a government-imposed energy mandate. “Senator Angela Giron – so disappointing, so out of touch with Pueblo,” a female voice intones in the ad. “When big dollar interest groups pushed for more government energy mandates last spring, Senator Giron stood with them, not Pueblo. The results? Energy analysts promise higher utility bills...